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A Confidential Response for Law Enforcement Personnel

The Facts are in and the costs are high! Law Enforcement personnel face many types of danger in their chosen career. According to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial in Washington, D.C., on average, somewhere in America, a law enforcement officer is killed-in-the-line of duty every 53 hours. Officers often pay another price that doesn’t make the headlines on the evening news, yet one that still destroys lives. Stress and trauma among officers often affects relationships…ending in divorce at an annual rate of nearly seven times that of the general population. Stress and trauma affects normal sleep patterns, poor eating habits, fear, paranoia, anger, and depression. It spells problems with the abuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, and domestic violence. In addition to the day-to-day stressors, officers are exposed to traumatic events and critical incidents causing them to develop PTSD. And according to research, every 20 hours, somewhere in America, a law enforcement professional commits suicide.

Research at the University of Buffalo has shown that health problems rank very high among officers. They include high blood pressure, heart attacks, hypertension, back, hip and joint problems, liver and stomach disorders, cancer and post-traumatic-stress-disorder. Lifestyle issues include poor diet and eating habits, shift-work, sleep deprivation, risk of being injured or killed and difficulty maintaining relationships. Many law enforcement agencies offer Employee Assistance Programs but many officers do not ask for assistance.


QUESTION:  Who encourages you – the law enforcement officer – to take care of yourself?

ANSWER:  We do…By offering the following services:



P S U FRONTLINE COACHING AND PEER SUPPORT SERVICES is a confidential response for law enforcement officers. P S U FRONTLINE COACHING allows you to define your needs and set your goals with a Professional Life Coach who will listen and respond with a non-judgmental attitude. Professional coaching is a proven approach to dealing with issues of life change and goal attainment that affect your work and/or personal life. P S U FRONTLINE Coaches are skilled and experienced in dealing with law enforcement professionals. P S U FRONTLINE COACHING can provide a safe environment that facilitates openness and creates life change through a solution focused agenda set by the law enforcement professional and P S U FRONTLINE COACH.

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An educational seminar for Law Enforcement Personnel who have been directly involved and affect by Critical Incident Stress and a Traumatic Event.

The purpose of this five-day PCISS is to provide individuals who have experienced a critical incident or traumatic event an opportunity, in a confidential setting, to share and process their traumatic experiences with others who have experienced a similar event and to provide educational information and professional and peer support that will assist the individual in developing coping skills to promote normalization and recovery.

Created and designed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s in-house Employee’s Assistance Professionals, specifically for law enforcement personnel, PCISS offers a safe and effective method for post incident processing and training. A PCISS takes place at a secluded retreat location with no more than 8 to 12 participants. The program begins on Monday with a fellowship meeting over dinner and ends Friday after lunch. Attendees participate in personal disclosure sessions, group and individual therapy sessions, educational classes and trauma reduction and team building exercises.



Critical Incident Stress Management and Acute Traumatic Stress Management are comprehensive systematic and multi-component crisis intervention programs. CISD/CISM and ATSM is a set of crisis intervention tools that are strategically woven together to mitigate the impact of a traumatic event; facilitate normal recovery process in normal people, who are having normal reactions to traumatic events; restore individuals, groups and organizations to adaptive function; and to identify people within an organization or agency who would benefit from additional support services or a referral for further evaluation and possibly psychological treatment. This form of Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for psychotherapy. P S U Crisis Management and Training Group utilizes a combination of the Mitchell Model, the Acute Traumatic Stress Management Model and the Crisis Intervention FBI Model.


Compassion Fatigue is a term that has replaced the more familiar term “Burn-Out.” Compassion Fatigue refers to a physical, emotional/mental and spiritual fatigue or exhaustion that takes over a person and causes a decline in their ability to experience joy or to fell and care for others. You’re drained tapped out, have little energy to give to others. Compassion Fatigue and Trauma Reduction / Release Exercise Seminars are designed to help people acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize their efficiency, effectiveness and potential while minimizing stress, burn-out and compassion fatigue.

For more information about these program services please contact
the P S U Crisis Management and Training Group at 407 – 497-1465